Deraa Encircled – Major Crack Down in Regime Effort at Shock and Awe – Officers Ordered to Shoot to Kill

The Syrian government has surrounded the region around Deraa and has brought in tanks, ordering a major crack down. LA Times reports:

…One report by activists said that more than 25 people were killed “but no one could get close to them because of the brutal shooting.”

Syrian activists in touch with witnesses in the southern city reported that at least five military officers, including two with the rank of captain, and nine soldiers refused to carry out their orders against protesters. While at least seven local officials in Dara have already quit their posts to join ranks with the opposition, activists said the military personnel included troops from the cities of Homs, Lattakia and Tartous.

Several military officers in Dara province told the Los Angeles Times that they had orders to open fire on any protester, adding that many were afraid to resist and that failing to carry out orders was tantamount to a death sentence.

“We have orders to open fire,” said one of the officers, speaking on condition of anonymity due to concerns for his safety. “We are afraid to carry them out because there will be more killing. But if we don’t, someone will kill us.”

Neither the casualties nor the reports of defections could be independently confirmed. The authorities cut off phone service, disconnected electrical power and blocked roads to the farming hub of about 1 million people, and foreign journalists have largely been barred from the country. Jordanian state media reported that Syria had sealed the border near Dara, where the arrest and alleged torture of a group of teenagers accused of writing political graffiti sparked the unrest now gripping the country….

‘No humanity left’ in Syria
By Cal Perry Al-Jazeera,  April 24th, 2011.

…..Gunfire raining into crowd

My grumpy attitude, Abdel [the driver] and I were approaching the city of Izraa when something immediately clearly horrible was unfolding down the road directly in front of us. People, mostly truck drivers, were standing on the highway … yelling at the cars approaching – telling them to pull over.

Screaming and waving widely. I saw one making signs with his hands. He was mimicking the motion of a machine gun firing. I got my bearings, noticing right away two road signs: one pointing to the right that read “Izraa: 1km” and the other pointing to the left that read “Daraa”.

It dawned on me at that moment that I had been here before. We were just outside the “kill zone” I had seen weeks earlier on the outskirts of Daraa.

About 50 metres from where we pulled over was an overpass that connected Daraa to Izraa. I could see clearly a crowd of people marching from my left to my right over the bridge.

Suddenly gunfire rained into the crowd. The truck drivers dove for cover. And, for what seemed like an eternity, I sat there in the car, stunned and frozen. People were falling on top of each other, being cut down like weeds in a field by what I think must have been a mix of both small arms fire and machine gun fire. I saw at least two children shot. They fell immediately. People were screaming. Gunfire rattled on.

Two cars tried to gun it under the overpass and continue down the highway, even with the gunfire continuing to cut people up. One of the cars got hit immediately before it passed under the bridge and ended up slamming into the embankment on the right side of the road. Someone fell out of the passenger side and scrambled under the bridge and crawled into a ball … just hoping for survival, I suppose.

I’ve been playing it through over and over again in my head for the past 16 hours and I still do not know where the gunfire was coming from. It seemed to be coming from a field that lay off to my right – on the Izraa side of the bridge. I could see some muzzle flashes, but I’ve never in my life seen people walking, and just shot at indiscriminately.

I could not take my eyes off what was quickly becoming carnage. One of the last things I remember seeing clearly were people lying flat on the road, taking cover behind those who had already been wounded or shot dead … lying in what must have been pools of blood to avoid a hail of flying hot hell.

Abdel’s brain finally switched back on and he flung the car into reverse and headed backwards down the highway, laying on his car horn the entire time, weaving backwards through the cars that were now slowly approaching the spot where truck drivers were taking cover in the ditch. I was gripping the handle of the door so hard, I noticed my knuckles had gone totally white.

Mini-massacre

Abdel spun the car around, drove over the median and started driving back to Damascus. There was really nothing to say at that point. But out of immediate instinct, I rang our news desk in Doha. I can’t remember what I said initially, but clearly it was enough for the editors to get an anchor up immediately to tape an interview over the phone, getting my fresh reaction to what I had seen.

I didn’t know what to say honestly except it was clear security forces [or Assad loyalists, who are now, based on behaviour, part of the security forces] had just carried out a mini-massacre. I’m sure I repeated myself too many times, something you try not to do … but this was unlike anything I had ever seen. After covering seven separate wars in as many years, I’ve never seen people march directly into a hail of gunfire.

As the interview was rapping up, we came across a heavy army checkpoint. We had driven through maybe a dozen on our way down, and the further we headed south, the more frequent they became. It was as if around 25km north of the Jordan border there was an invisible military zone that had been put up.

I didn’t notice the ones on the other side of the highway, but as soon as we started approaching one (now driving back north), Abdel and I looked at each other. Immediately I apologised to Tony Harris [our anchor] and shoved the phone into my pocket, bringing a quick end to the interview.

Being seen talking on the phone as a journalist, right after fleeing that scene, we would have ended up in detention, there is not a doubt in my mind.

As we passed through the army checkpoint, the soldiers were smoking and laughing; looking at each other; smiling, waving us through various barriers. I can only describe it like what it felt to me: an evil grimace of enjoyment was on their faces. We were maybe, at the most, 3km from where I had just seen people cut down, bullets tearing their bodies into pieces. It was disgusting.

I turned to look at Abdel, to begin asking him a series of questions about the best way to proceed from that point on – and I saw a man of maybe 40 years old with a single tear running down his cheek. “Are you ok, habbibi,” I asked like an idiot.

“Yes … yes – but shou (what) … shou,” he repeated … what do we have? There is no humanity here anymore.”

‘No humanity left’

After a few minutes of silence and many cigarettes passed back and forth we debated the best way for me to get out of the country. We debated it all the way back to Damascus.

In the end, Abdel and I agreed: make a run for the Lebanese border now, spending another night in Damascus; overstaying my visa to face the “full force of the law” after reporting what we had both just seen was not a smart idea.

So, off to the Lebanese capital Beirut we went.

Ironic that a place where I’ve seen a war and many clashes break out before was suddenly a seven-hour refugee for me as I waited for the first flight to any European city so I could then connect home to see my elderly and sick grandfather on Easter.

As I sit at this airport in Paris, writing this piece, watching people come and go, I am haunted by two thoughts: The first is a question I cannot answer. How can you shoot people like that? Just watch a crowd march towards you; sit in a firing position, wait … watch; then fire directly into a crowd of civilians.

I did not see a single shot fired from the crowd in the few minutes we sat there watching people flail without any place to hide – a gut wrenching pink mist spraying strait in the air.

It is that thought, and the words of a young man from the southern city of Daraa speaking about the country he once loved, a country that has forever changed asking me rhetorically: “What do we have? There is no humanity here anymore.”

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101. Revlon said:

حركة سوريا شباب من أجل الحرية Youth Syria For Freedom
فلاش || عااااجل : تركيا : الجزيرة مباشر : انقلاب الموقف التركي ضد يشار الاسد و المطالبة برحيله من داخل اسطنبول من خلال لقاء اسطنبول من اجل سورية

about an hour ago

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April 26th, 2011, 7:51 am

 

102. Souri333 (formerly Souri) said:

Another comment that is typical nowadays:

اوجه رسالتي للطائفة العلوية بانكم لن تكونو امنين بعد اليوم

The Syrian TV is broadcasting interesting interviews with policemen who were attacked by the peaceful demonstrators. I was not reporting these things before because I assumed people were watching, but it looks like the world has no clue about what is happening.

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April 26th, 2011, 7:57 am

 

103. Revlon said:

لندن (رويترز) – قالت بريطانيا يوم الثلاثاء انها تعمل مع شركائها الدوليين بشأن امكانية اتخاذ اجراءات جديدة ضد سوريا ودعت الرئيس السوري بشار الاسد لوقف الهجمات على المحتجين المناهضين للحكومة.
وقال وزير الخارجية البريطاني وليام هيج “تعمل المملكة المتحدة بشكل مكثف مع شركائنا الدوليين لاقناع السلطات السورية بوقف العنف واحترام الحقوق الانسانية الاساسية والعالمية في حرية التعبير والتجمع.”

وأضاف “هذا يشمل العمل مع شركائنا في مجلس الامن التابع للامم المتحدة لارسال اشارة قوية للسلطات السورية تفيد بأن أعين المجتمع الدولي مسلطة على سوريا وكذلك العمل مع شركائنا في الاتحاد الاوروبي والمنطقة بشأن امكانية اتخاذ مزيد من الاجراءات

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April 26th, 2011, 7:57 am

 

104. Revlon said:

الثورة السورية ضد بشار الاسد
الثورة السورية .. آخر أخبار مدينة دوما الإباء والصمود … الامن المجرم منتشر بشكل كثيف في كل شوراع المدينة وحولها اعتقالات قناصات في كل مكان وحوالي 5000 عنصر الشوراع محاصرة والحواجز الأمنية في كل مكان ويوجد معهم لائحة بأسماء الكثير الكثير من شباب دوما

ارهاب منظم لاهالي دوما احد الاصدقاء اخرج راسه من باب البيت اطلق على باب منزله مخزن ط…لقات كامل لكم الله يا اهلي في دوما لكم الله يا اطفال دوما يا امهات دوما يارجال دوما لكم الله

الحواجز الامنية في بداية شارع الجلاء وفي نهايته عند مؤسسة الخضار القديمة وعند جامع حسيبه جامع الرحمة دوار بدران الجرة البلدية ببداية شارع القوتلي وشارع خورشيد مدخل دوما من عند سوق الهال

في كل طرقات دوما الرئيسية نصب الامن المجرم رشاشات 500 ومتاريس رمل

الحواجز الامنية المجرمة تم سد الطريق ببراميل ورشاشات واكياس رمل في حوزتهم رجال الامن 5 اوراق فيها اسماء مطلوبين شرفاء بحدود 500 شخص ويتم تفتيش الهوية والجوال

هام نريد التحذير من الخائن كاسم غنوم ولاده صاحب معمل غسالات زنوبيا وللاسف والده محترم يتعاون مع رجال الامن في اعتقال الشرفاء من ابناء مدينته

المؤن بدات بنفاذ في المنازل والمحال مغلقة والحصار تام في كل الشوراع الهاتف الانترنت الجوال لايعمل
اسماء بعض معتقلين
محمد فليطاني
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زياد فليطاني
راتب فليطاني
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شادي الباري
محمد عمر كرداس وابنه الصغير 16 عام
معاذ عمر كرداس
المهندس محي الدين كحلوس
المهندس مصطفى كحلوس
عبد الناصر كحلوس
الدكتور ياسر سلام
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ابن الدكتور نضال ادم
أبو عبد الرحمن الصيني وابنه
أنور حمو
محمد السطلة
محمد علي كبريته 62 عام
ياسر عبد الدايم
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ثلاث اخوة من عائلة خبية يسكنون قرب مقبرة دوما واسم والدهم ابو ابراهيم خبية
اربع اخوة من عائلة الطبجي
اخين من عائلة طفور
اخين من عائلة الصيني
وشاب من عائلة الاجوة يسكن عند جسر مسرابا
31 minutes ago

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April 26th, 2011, 8:08 am

 

105. Akbar Palace said:

Qunfuz found a new Oppressor NewZ

I agree with Qunfuz on this:

This is quite shocking, and puts SC and its pro-regime editors in an entirely new light for me.

I note that SC administrators usually remove hate speech, but not the thoroughly murderous hate speech coming from regime supporters today. Meanwhile, the death toll rises in Syria, the mass arrests continue. Strength to those brave enough to struggle.

I disagree with his definition:

Jihad means struggle against the murderous oppressor…

In Qunfuz’s lexicon, the sole “oppressor” was the Zionist Entity (even though his Hamas heroes, who he allows to fight any way they see fit, object to making peace in their Charter).

Suddenly, and with great surprise, Qunfuz found an Arab “oppressor”. Will wonders never cease? I guess I’ll have to run a search to see if Qunfuz ever found Saddam Hussein to be an “oppressor”…

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April 26th, 2011, 8:15 am

 

106. Revlon said:

The Syrian Revolution 2011 الثورة السورية ضد بشار الاسد
الثورة السورية … إستقالة مسؤول حزب البعث السوري بأوكرانيا
دولة البعث تتفكك
إستقالة مسؤول حزب البعث السوري بأوكرانيا
http://www.youtube.com
أعلن أمين منظمة حزب البعث العربي الاشتراكي السوري في أوكرانيا محمد زيدية اليوم استقالته من منصبه، احتجاجًا على “تغليب الحل الأمني ومنطق القمع والدم على الحوا…..
about an hour ago

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April 26th, 2011, 8:17 am

 

107. Revlon said:

حركة سوريا شباب من أجل الحرية Youth Syria For Freedom
اسماء المعتقلين في مدينة جبلة حتى اللحظة:
1 الدكتور زكريا العقاد
2-المحامي عروة السوسي
3-مازن الزوزو
4-محمد حليمة
…5- عميد مسيلماني
6- طاهر الدرجي
7-رشيد احمد كنفاني
8- مؤمن زكريا
9-وسيم درويش
10-عبداله هرموش
11-نادر نجار
12- احمد عبدالله قصاب
الحرية لكل المعتقلين السياسيين و كل معتقلي الرأيSee More
10 hours ago

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April 26th, 2011, 8:21 am

 

108. qunfuz said:

AP – of course I make a mistake by talking to you. For the record, I have written consistently against Saddam Hussein, the House of Saud, the Mubarak regime, Qaddafi, the Jordanian royals, and Wahhabis. And, of course, against the apartheid Zionist state in occupied Palestine.

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April 26th, 2011, 8:45 am

 

109. Sophia said:

#71 Aqoul,

I don’t know how you reached this conclusion about my political affiliation, but let’s say if I were a supporter of Saad Hariri, would you discuss my comments and talk to me?

Your comment about me derives form an attitude of exclusion. And because, with its assumption that I am a Lebanese christian, it figures alongside another negative comment on a Hezbollah supporter, I assume that you are sunni. I, never in my comments on this blog, resorted to personal attacks or remarks about persons. We are here to discuss ideas.

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April 26th, 2011, 9:12 am

 

110. Akbar Palace said:

AP – of course I make a mistake by talking to you. For the record, I have written consistently against Saddam Hussein, the House of Saud, the Mubarak regime, Qaddafi, the Jordanian royals, and Wahhabis. And, of course, against the apartheid Zionist state in occupied Palestine.

Qunfuz,

I stand corrected. And thanks for the reply.

Apparently, some of the Zionists here and myself agree with you on many points, including the criticisms you have of many of these Arab despots. You are absolutely right to call them out. What Bashar Assad is doing to his country is reprehensible.

However, in your defence of Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah, you seem to have difficulty criticizing any state or organization that demonizes the State of Israel.

The violence and spread of terrorism by the above actors is no less important than that caused by the other Arab despots.

To make a long story short, over the past several decades, the Arab-Israeli conflict has narrowed considerably. You should be supporting a negotiated settlement instead of continued violence and “jihad”.

Here are two articles I found at the two blogs under your name. As expected, “Zionist” this and that are dotted all over the blog. I really think it is time to change your thinking Qunfuz. Really.

http://qunfuz.blogspot.com/2007/02/in-defence-of-iran.html

The key conflict in the area is between the ruling class, which is both a money class and a client to imperialism, and the ordinary, impoverished people, who now have more information about the links between their rulers and Zionist and imperialist forces.

[there are NO “links between Assad/ruler and Israel/”Zionist”]

http://qunfuz.com/

1. Obama Should Shut Up

Obama’s claim that the Syrian regime is receiving Iranian assistance to repress protests is a statement which could inflame sectarian hatred inside Syria, as Obama’s Zionist advisors know very well.

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April 26th, 2011, 9:46 am

 

111. why-discuss said:

The Syrian governemnt has invited a UN mission to Syria to evaluate the real situation independently. Human right commission is ‘impatient’ to see what is going on.

Le Monde 26 april
L’ONU réfléchit à une offre syrienne proposant l’envoi d’une mission
Le haut-commissariat de l’ONU aux droits de l’homme a indiqué avoir reçu une invitation des autorités syriennes proposant l’envoi d’une mission dans leur pays.
Le porte-parole de Navi Pillay, haut-commissaire aux droits de l’homme, a toutefois précisé que rien n’était encore décidé, l’offre syrienne ayant été formulée jeudi dernier, à la veille de manifestations réprimées dans le sang et lors desquelles au moins 82 personnes ont été tuées.

“Nous sommes impatients de pouvoir visiter et d’évaluer de façon indépendante la situation sur le terrain”, a-t-il déclaré.

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April 26th, 2011, 9:50 am

 

112. Revlon said:

Martyr Bassam Abdulmajeed Abu Saleemeh had minor injuries upon admission to Hospital on Friday, April 24th.
His body was delivered earlier today, and claimed to had died of bleeding.
A gaping wound appears on his back, surrounded by a rectangular bluish marking.
The reporter implies that he was executed after goinf to the hospital.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYF1d8nKz1g&feature=player_embedded

Al Fati7a upon Bassam’s soul,
May God bless his family with solace and empower them with patience.

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April 26th, 2011, 10:21 am

 

113. Souri333 (formerly Souri) said:

#102

Great idea. They should also invite some organizations to carry out opinion polls and see what the people think of the insurgents and the foreign media.

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April 26th, 2011, 10:23 am

 

114. Revlon said:

درعا .. بانتظار الفصل الأخير
26/04/2011 ياسر أبو هلالة

http://www.alghad.com/index.php/afkar_wamawaqef/article/25370.html

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April 26th, 2011, 10:28 am

 

115. Revlon said:

شام : عاجل : قوات الأمن على الحاجز الأول باتجاه مدينة درعا من جهة دمشق تجبر الشاحنات المحملة بالطحين على العودة وتمنعها من المرور لمدينة درعا و المدن والقرى في حوران واستمرار الانقطاع التام للكهرباء والغاز والماء والخبز في أغلب المدن والقرى …

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April 26th, 2011, 10:30 am

 

116. Revlon said:

Back from school demonstration Chanting:
School of Freedom; We have become your applicants, Open your door for us!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nz0KcAj6dEw&feature=player_embedded

Attall, Damascus
Today, April 26th

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April 26th, 2011, 10:39 am

 

117. Akbar Palace said:

The Double Standard: A Simple Case in Point

Following the flotilla issue, Erdogan reponded:

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s speech upon his return to Turkey from meeting President Obama was greeted in some quarters with relief. “At least he didn’t declare war,” said one headline. Understandably, the confrontation between Israeli commandos and the Mavi Marmara has consumed the media here. And though it seemed, at first, that the national mood was one of shock followed by outrage, already numerous gently demurring voices have begun to break the surface. The prime minister’s speeches showed no such restraint: “Even bullies, pirates and criminals have a code of honor,” he said, “but for those who have none, it would be a compliment to call them such names.”
Condemning Israel for harming innocents, Erdogan added, “Even in a war, you don’t attack women, children and religious personnel,” (without, of course, elaborating on what to do if the latter happen to be combatants, as they often are in Islamist circles). The prime minister has traveled the country in a kind of victory tour inciting massed crowds to chant anti-Israeli slogans, repeatedly citing “Thou Shalt Not Kill” as being explicitly a commandment from the Torah and therefore all the greater a sin when committed by Israel. Some 22 national leaders are currently in Istanbul for a conference of Eurasian nations; Erdogan is publicly flogging the issue there, too.

http://www.forbes.com/2010/06/10/turkey-tayyip-erdogan-israel-flotilla-opinions-columnists-melik-kaylan.html

After over 400 deaths by the Syrian regime:

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Assad and urged him to show “restraint.”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110426/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_syria

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April 26th, 2011, 11:00 am

 

118. Alex said:

To all who still in doubt:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAVWIcOkpXA

الى كل الخونة
الله سوريا بشار وبس

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April 26th, 2011, 11:22 am

 

119. Alex said:

American Media & AlJazeera & AlArabiya & BBC & EuroNews & France 24 are all lying to you, people!

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April 26th, 2011, 11:23 am

 

120. aqoul said:

“Your comment about me derives form an attitude of exclusion. And because, with its assumption that I am a Lebanese christian, it figures alongside another negative comment on a Hezbollah supporter, I assume that you are sunni”

SOPHIA,

The above shows exactly how you think, just like all the bigoted secatrians who appeared on this site all of a sudden.

I reached that conclusion about you when you qouted and promoted several ridiculuous articles and not because you’re Christian Lebanese. One of them was May Akl’s article which has been ripped apart by more than one analyst as a complete piece of nonsense. I went to your page and explored its content and the type of material you promote. And voila, here’s how I made my conclusion about you not just because you’re obviously sectarian and think only by the bigotted sectarian prism.

So, I suggest to you to quit promoting your hatred and bigottry and adding fuel to the fire at your neighbor’s house which eventually may just burn your own ‘house’.

Same advise to MOE.

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April 26th, 2011, 11:46 am

 

121. Sophia said:

#115 Aqoul,

Contrary to you, I have never promoted hate on this blog. But it seems that you do not tolerate views which are different from yours and which are advanced in a rational and factual way.

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April 26th, 2011, 11:50 am

 

122. Souri333 (formerly Souri) said:

#118

The truth does not matter. This is a political game. I can’t imagine that the US and its allies would let Syria get out of this crisis safely. The choice is clear: either Syria abandons Iran (and thus abandons the Golan) or there are going to be sanctions. American sanctions won’t matter much, but European sanctions would hurt the economy badly.

In whatever scenario, the radical Islamists will pay the price. If I were Assad, I would put all those radical Islamists on boats and send them to Europe. Let the Europeans take them if they like them so much. Also if the economy deteriorates, Assad will have no choice but to open the Golan front for resistance.

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April 26th, 2011, 12:01 pm

 

123. Souri333 (formerly Souri) said:

The problem is that we don’t know how far the Americans will go in their game. Assad will need to use force for weeks if he is to quell the insurgency. Will the Americans let him do that? The possibility of Syria disintegrating is very high. Many Alawis have already left their homes in the inner regions to the Alawi Mountain. Also Christians are fleeing from unsafe areas to safer areas. There are Christians who have left to Lebanon already. Druze have escaped Hawran. The sectarian borders are already drawn. If the Americans pressure Assad too much and he feels that he is fighting a losing war against the Islamists, he will flee to the coastal region and entrench himself there with his clan. This is what the Islamists want, and it is not unlikely. This attack against Syria is unprecedented in its ferocity. The chances that Syria won’t survive are higher than the chances it will survive.

The Saudis will create a Wahhabi state in Deraa and Damascus to help them against Iran and Hizbullah. The Saudis will convince the Wahhabi state to recognize Israel and two independent states for the Alawis and Druze. Aleppo may become an independent state or may even fall in the hands of Turkey.

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April 26th, 2011, 12:28 pm

 

124. norman said:

To all of you,

Are there any demonstrations in Syria today.

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April 26th, 2011, 12:45 pm

 

125. why-discuss said:

Norman
Didn’t read about any demonstrations in the news.
Any opposition commenter can give us a picture of Homs and Banyas situation on the ground?

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April 26th, 2011, 12:49 pm

 

126. norman said:

W D ,
They asked Antra ibn Shaddad about how he wins against his enemies, he said , i chose the weaker one between them and hit him the hardest i can, that will instill fear in their heart , so they surrender,

The Syrian army is using the same rule.

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April 26th, 2011, 1:19 pm

 

127. Equus said:

It’s no hidden secret that Jazeera network fabricates,instigates and promote violence. Washington hit Aljazeera’s offices in Baghdad and in the Afghan capital, Kabul.
Then Washington said the attacks had been accidental and had not targeted the network. It’s up to you to believe if it’s accidental or not; but the subject was brushed under the carpet by the US and Nato. However, when Mubarak’s regime (mind you I’m not defending Mubarak for those who jump to conclusion and make the majority of commentators on this site pro-regime simply because they don’t share their point of view. How can you cry for democracy if you don’t respect others’ opinions?)targeted Jazeera offices in Cairo CNN zoomed in on the subject as it’s the most important in the world and forgetting the massacres in Ivory coast. Accept it or deny it the media plays a major role in influencing or brainwashing certain category of people and it helps immensely in the success of an uprising. Al Jazeera claims to have 40 million subscribers, the solution is to unsubscribe to these networks proclaiming to report accurate news in order to lower their viewers rating.

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April 26th, 2011, 1:48 pm

 

128. Jerusalem said:

Just a note for those who keep asking readers to discredit certain comments or opinions.

How about you let the reader decides for him/herself instead of imposing on readers what to take into consideration or what to discard. Most readers on this blog have a high level of education and they can think for themselves.
Why are you dictating on readers what to read when you, yourself, wanting to get rid of a so called ”dictator”. If you cannot take the heat by you accepting democracy and freedom of speech then get out of the kitchen and let readers or viewers of certain videos judge for themselves.

If Syrians going to get rid of one regime to impose another what a wasted gallons of blood. Look at Iran, they removed the Shah of course thanks to the CIA who did they get? Needless to elaborate…

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April 26th, 2011, 2:08 pm

 

129. Shai said:

As far as I know, a formula for transferring from dictatorship to true democracy has yet to be introduced. If there’s anything close to it in our region, it is Turkey. But even there, Ataturk was a dictator who used brute force to remove what he viewed as opposition.

Not that anyone’s contemplating Israeli-Arab relations at the moment, but to the few who do, let us not forget that all Arab partners Israel has ever had have been dictators. And all Israeli PMs supported relations with them, without exception. What is happening in Egypt does not necessarily indicate war will replace non-peace, but even if it does, 30 years of non-war was still worth it for Israel. We cannot choose our partners, just as they do not choose us.

May God help Syria and all its citizens find the way to make the transformation as bloodless as possible. No people on earth deserve to die when fighting for their freedom.

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April 26th, 2011, 3:04 pm

 

130. vlad-the-syrian said:

to HAPPY JEW #47

you are happy TODAY but your hapiness won’t last i tell you and you should for your own self and sake , a philosopher said and i’ll quote him in french :

LE DESERT CROIT MALHEUR A QUI PROTEGE LE DESERT

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April 26th, 2011, 4:02 pm

 

131. salashami said:

I am usually just a reader and don’t comment…but I have found it compelling now after reading such propaganda! Taking a step back and looking at the events I do not understand how people can stand against those asking for freedom. My friends freedom does not equal civil war! Freedom does not equal sectarian strife. Sunnis, Christians, Alawites have lived together in Syria for decades now. It is obvious from these message boards that the Syrian people do not want instability and civil war…well if most of the people don’t want this then why would democracy bring this on? After all, doesn’t democracy bring what the people’s will is?

The other issue is foreign intervention. Some have argued that the Assad regime is singled out because of its resistance towards Israel and its close alliance with Iran. What has the Assad resistance brought the Syrian people other than losing the Golan? If the majority of the people want to support Iran and Hizbollah…why would democracy bring an end to this??

Please stop accepting the lies and brainwashing machine of the government. We must support those giving their lives for a better Syria!

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April 26th, 2011, 7:04 pm

 

132. Big Brother KPN - GeenCommentaar said:

[…] u kunt lezen over protestacties tegen de plaatselijke dictator en met eigen ogen zien of lezen hoe de geheime politie schiet op ongewapende burgers, maar u kunt ook gewoon naar mooie muziek luisteren. Dit is een doorn het oog […]

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May 15th, 2011, 8:00 am

 

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